A complete stranger, gives a reason to smile to Khaled Alawad and his family who were contemplating how to start over after their home was destroyed by fire.
The Oct. 7 blaze at the Alawad family’s townhouse in Mississauga spread to eight other homes, forcing multiple families to flee with only the clothes on their backs.
The blessed stranger is Alex Haditaghi, who owns two buildings along Sheppard Avenue East.
In two years’ time, both buildings will belong to condo developers. But for now, one of the building’s units will become a new home for the Alawad family and they can live there without paying any rent.
Haditaghi says offering assistance to the family of five was an easy decision for him, explaining that his own family moved to Canada from Iran as refugees.
He added, “I wanted to help, not because I could, but because I know what it feels like to have nothing.”